With hurricane season underway, and with horrible floods leaving many communities in Texas underwater, federal disaster management officials are trying new tactics to not only spread important information, but also to gain data as they work to help people endure and recover.
FOX News Radio’s Eben Brown reports from Miami:
Hurricane? Tornado? Flood? Earthquake? FEMA now has an app for that. And it’s designed not just to help you, but also allow FEMA to gain information about a disaster from you.
FEMA’s administrator, Craig Fugate:
(Fugate) “It has the information on how to prepare, you can get weather alerts. You can get information about how to get disaster assistance if there is a disaster. And you can also give us the information from your community about what’s happening. Send us pictures.”
The crowd sourcing of disaster data could help emergency personnel respond more quickly.
And here’s what helps you: All the information is in the app. No need to waste data downloading after a disaster strikes.
In Miami, Eben Brown, FOX News Radio.